Dance helps history group take steps

Maureen English, centre, with her sister Anne Dove, George Maitland, left and Ernie Cooper of the Seaham Lifeboat Restoration Appeal.
Maureen English, centre, with her sister Anne Dove, George Maitland, left and Ernie Cooper of the Seaham Lifeboat Restoration Appeal.
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A HERITAGE project has been boosted by dance night members.

The East Coast Rock ‘n’ Roll night at Dawdon Miners’ Welfare Hall was in aid of the George Elmy Lifeboat Restoration Fund.

Donations and raffles have raised about £900, with further amounts still to be added.

Dance night organiser Maureen English said: “The Rock ‘n’ Roll nights have brought a lot of pleasure and brought back a lot of memories to a lot of people in Seaham, dancing and listening to 50s and 60s music.”

The funds will be used to support the work of the history group, which visits schools to give talks, run exhibitions and research the area’s past.

The boat itself, which was involved in a tragedy which claimed nine lives in 1962, is undergoing work in a South Shields yard to return it to its original state.

The group, which exhibits artefacts and information in a Church Street shop, hopes it will go on show inside a history centre which could be set up in the North Dock.

The next Rock ‘n’ Roll group’s Saturday night record hops will be held on October 8, October 29 and November 26, with top rock ‘n’ roll band The Kingcats playing on December 10.

The last record hop of the year will be held on Boxing Night.